Open Lands, Open Skies: Stargazing Event

November 17, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Open Lands, Open Sky

Chikaming Open Lands will host a night with telescopes under the stars on November 17, 2017, at the Chikaming Township Park and Preserve. Astronomy activities are family-friendly and encourage the public to look up, to marvel, and to understand the overhead spectacle. 

Stargazing & Telescopes

Members of Michiana Astronomical Society (MAS) will set up multiple large telescopes for viewing of deep sky objects. Green laser pointers will trace the outlines of ancient star patterns, helping visitors to identify constellations and stars of the November sky.

Quantifying Darkness

Where open lands exist, so do open skies.  While Chikaming Open Lands monitors its land and habitats, visitors on November 17 can help quantify its overhead assets, too. To measure darkness, MAS members will bring Sky Quality Meters (SQMs) and a Dark Sky Meter (DSM) phone app to get objective values.  

 Sesquicentennial Star

As Three Oaks, MI, celebrates its 150th birthday in 2017, we will target the "sesquicentennial star" Eltanin in the constellation of Draco the Dragon. Visitors will build a simple planisphere of the north circumpolar stars encircling Polaris to find the Big Dipper, Little Dipper, Cassiopeia, and Draco.

Hot chocolate will be served, and restrooms are available on site.  For questions about the Open Lands, Open Sky event contact Casey Struecker at or (269) 405-1006.